Early Signs of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects the way a person sees the world.
Dr. Barbara Cornblatt, Ph.D., Director of the Recognition
and Prevention Program (RAP) — a specialty program aimed at identifying
and treating adolescents and young adults with early signs of mental
illness — created the following list of behaviors that could
indicate whether your child is at risk or in the early stages of
People at risk often show behaviors such as:• Withdrawing from friends and family
• Preferring to be alone
• A drop in school performance
• Seeming less motivated
• Appearing depressed
• A reduced ability to concentrate
• Changes in sleep or energy level
• Increased anxiety or agitation
Other behaviors of particular concern are:
• Mistrustfulness or suspiciousness
• Changes in personal hygiene
• Emotions that do not fit the situation
• Vague speech
• Speech sometimes doesn't make sense
• Unusual ideas or beliefs
• Unusual experiences If your loved one is experiencing any of the behavior changes listed above, seek professional help.
For more information, contact the following organizations:
American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/
American Psychiatric Association: http://www.psych.org/
Dr. Barbara Cornblatt, Ph.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the wife of Dr. Phil Advisory Board member, Dr. Lonnie Sherrod, Ph.D.
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